What you should avoid in writing


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To my experiential insight, writing is someone’s subjective views of the facts externalized in such a lexical fashion, that the facts presented thus can agree with the discretion of the writer’s (targeted) audiences.

Satisfaction of the readers, to say otherwise, in brief, concludes a writing. And that Google’s search algorithm, Panda, and of course, Hummingbird, want people to festoon their websites with the content, that is –

  • Original.
  • User-friendly.
  • Shareable.
  • Clickable.
  • Informative.

What do the aforesaid adjectives mean for a writer?

Well, they mean that if you are writing professionally, for your client or the employer, or even for your own domain, make no doubt that any content presented in the antithesis of what I’ve said above will earn the displeasure of world’s arguably the biggest search engine, Google.

I do not connote that the search engine giant will eat your site up. However, it will surely toss it elsewhere (a kind of condescending attitude), so that other search results (of which Google thinks may be far more informative than that of what your site is rife with) could be presented to the users.

You might be thinking what sort of confabulation I am at now.

No, I am not fabricating anything factious. Neither a fictitious tale (though I wish I could, as my mom narrated to me aplenty bedtime stories].

Google has categorically stated this many times while launching its search algorithm, asserting the significance of quality content as a mandatory obligation if any site owner wants his/her domain’s safe and healthy SERP positioning in reality.

Quite apparently, what you as a writer must have to AVOID, is not to beat about the bush, never write anything of nugatory values. Whatever you blog about, just make sure people do not get irksome or feel kind of “This sh**t doesn’t make any damn sense.”

Let me, in brief, state, that what must be avoided in writing (if you do it professionally) –

STAY ORIGINAL

In the world of writing when ideas are hard to be found as pure and unused, staying original is really a herculean task. So, you can easily get the hang as to how important it is to stay original, because that’s the only way to stardom, of success in your niche.

Originality doesn’t imply that what you write has not been discovered until now, but what you gonna present is –

  • Interesting.
  • Graspable.
  • Creatively authentic

Period.

BORROW WITH ACKNOWLEDGMENT

If you feel that someone else’ ideas are best represented and borrowing it could reinforce the quality of your writing, just do it. HOWEVER, do not do this depravingly. Acknowledge the writer in your manuscripts, and if need be, just give him a thanksgiving mail, expressing gratitude. Mark my words, you will earn yourself a friend forever 🙂

PLEASE. PLEASE YOUR READERS

If that sounds to be writing for the satisfaction of others (even though the ideas are yours), so be it. Let me, bluntly, tell you, if you write something to please your targeted search engine, and not for the readers, you will end up wasting your time and resources.

AVOID GRAMMAR, BUT NOT ITS MISTAKES

Did I just blurt out a paradoxical line?

Okay, maybe. Well, the point is, never get fixated on grammar. It is an act of murdering your creative expression. As far as I know, you can’t put a clock on creativity.

HOWEVER, grammatical mistakes must be avoided, at any cost. I won’t advise you to stridently follow grammar, but ordinary mistakes, especially SUBJECT+VERB AGREEMENT, ADJECTIVAL USE OF WORDS, ARTICLE, VERBS, PREPOSITION must be studied carefully.

RECOMMENDED BOOK: High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren & Martin

I have written many articles on Hubpage that will help you understand the process behind writing. Let me share few of them –

  1. Content Writing: 4 Habits Signifying Your Weaknesses As A Writer
  2. A Brief Guide to Knowing Old and Often Unheeded Steps to Improve Your Writing Skill
  3. 7 Deadly Sins That You Make in Content Writing
  4. What Is Article Writing – How To Write Better Articles?
  5. Brevity is soul and wit of writing

So, basically, in writing, DON’T –

  • Plagiarize
  • Beat about the bush
  • Bloviate the facts
  • Claim until substantiated (with relevant links)
  • Borrow ideas without acknowledging the real source
  • Write in 200 words that can be otherwise expressed in 20 words
  • Rush to publish your manuscript until proofread

That’s it. I hope thoughts and my understanding of writing will help you feel enlightened about writing.

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